Defining Hunger

Food Banks

Having been in operation since 1982, the Central Okanagan Food Bank stands as a long-time supporting organization in our community. The West Kelowna and Kelowna locations officially amalgamated in 2015 and both locations work towards the same goal in providing assistance to some of the most vulnerable persons in our community facing food insecurity.

The Central Okanagan Food Bank is a member of Food Banks Canada, Food Banks BC, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Westside Board of Trade. We are an incorporated society; registered charity and we are governed by an elected Board of Directors.

The official boundary for the Central Okanagan Food Bank includes all areas from Peachland to the west side of the WHR Bennett Bridge through Kelowna east to Beaverdell and north to Lake Country (serving a population of over 179,800 people).

The Central Okanagan Food Bank provides food assistance to 4,500 individuals every month, 34% of which are children and youth, and another 20% are seniors living on a fixed income. It is not uncommon for us to assist in-upwards of 100 households each day.

As a non-government-funded, non-for-profit organization, we rely on community support to help us ensure anyone requiring food assistance gets the help they need. What most people are often amazed to learn is that only 30% of our client base is on any type of social assistance, which means the remaining 70% are working members of the community, struggling to make ends meet.

We serve all individuals regardless of age, race, sex, marital status, ethnicity, language, disability, or health issue and are the only organization providing this type of nutritional support to households facing financial and food insecurity within the surrounding region.

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Child Poverty Rate15.5% in Kelowna-Lake Country

Unemployment Rate7.8% in Kelowna-Lake Country

BC has the highest poverty rate in Canada

*BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

1 in 5 BC Children are living in Poverty

*Statistics Canada

57% of Canadians Struggling to feed their Household

*Angus Reid
We hope one day we are no longer needed. But that day is not today.